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Trump says US can "solve" North Korea problem alone, death toll from Colombian landslides climbs to 254, Chicago police seek second teen for arrest in sexual assault case, and more.

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

US Can 'Solve' North Korea Problem Alone, Trump Says
President Trump has claimed the US is prepared to act alone to "solve" the threat posed by North Korea's weapons program. Speaking ahead of a visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping to Mar-a-Lago this week, Trump said: "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will… China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't."—Financial Times

Kushner Visits Iraq with American Military
Jared Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, traveled to Iraq Monday with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford. Among other key roles, the Trump administration has tasked Kushner with serving as a peace envoy to the Middle East.—CNN


Chicago Police Seek Second Teen for Arrest Over Sexual Assault
The Chicago Police Department is looking to arrest a 15-year-old boy in connection with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl, an incident that was streamed on Facebook Live. A 14-year-old has already been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, among other charges. Commander Brendan Deenihan said identifying others involved in the incident had been difficult because of the trauma suffered by the victim.—Chicago Tribune

Majority Want Independent Investigation Into Russia Ties
A new poll shows a narrow majority of Americans support the idea of an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged connections to Russia. The Associated Press-NORC poll shows 52 percent in favor of an inquiry, with 23 percent opposed. One-quarter of Republican voters back an independent investigation.—AP

International News

Conservative Calls for Recount as Socialist Nears Victory in Ecuador
Early presidential election results in Ecuador show the socialist candidate, Lenin Moreno, is on track to win with 51.1 percent of the vote. Ninety-six percent of votes have been counted. Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso has called for a recount, raising allegations of electoral fraud. Lasso's supporters began protests as he urged them to "go to the streets."—CNN

Death Toll from Colombian Landslides Climbs to 254
The Colombian government has raised the death toll of landslides this weekend to 254 people. About 200 more were injured after several rivers near Mocoa flooded, causing mud and debris to swamp entire neighborhoods. More than 500 people have been provided with emergency shelter.—Reuters


Somali Pirates Hijack Indian Ship
Pirates have seized another commercial ship off the coast of Somalia. The hijackers reportedly boarded an Indian vessel near the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, 30 miles south of Hobyo. The incident marks the second hijacking off the Somali coast in two weeks; after commandeering an oil tanker in March, pirates released it without ransom.—BBC News

Israel Unveils 'David's Sling' Missile Interceptor
The Israeli military has declared the country's new medium-range missile interceptor, known as David's Sling, operational. It provides the country's anti-missile defense system with a wider range of distance capability. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the weapon added "a significant layer to the strength of Israel."—Haaretz

Everything Else

Bill O'Reilly Brushes Off Harassment Claims
Bill O'Reilly responded to a New York Times report that 20th Century Fox and the FOX News host himself paid roughly $13 million to five women who accused him of sexual harassment by arguing it came with celebrity. O'Reilly said he was "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity."—AP

Big Sean Gets Key to the City of Detroit
Big Sean has been awarded the key to the city of Detroit, the youngest person ever to receive the honor. Mayor Mike Duggan said educational programs set up by the 29-year-old rapper were "inspiring Detroit youth to achieve their dreams."—Noisey

'Boss Baby' Takes Charge at the Box Office
Boss Baby overtook Beauty and the Beast for top spot at the box office, raking in $49 million in its opening weekend. The Disney remake claimed another $48 million, while Ghost in the Shell took in a disappointing $19 million.—Variety

The Undertaker Retires from Wrestling
Wrestling legend the Undertaker has announced his retirement, ending a prolific career with a final brawl at WWE WrestleMania 33 on Sunday. He placed his coat, gloves, and hat in the center of the ring after losing his final match.—The Huffington Post

Computer Program Detects Cancer Locations
A program developed by researchers in California could be used to identify tumor locations before symptoms arise. A pilot study shows CancerLocator successfully diagnosed liver, lung, and breast cancer from blood samples in 80 percent of cases.—Motherboard